Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Think about a pound of butter ... I've lost 25 of those four stick pounds of butter since December 13 ... 46 of them since November 2009. I wonder how many grocery sacks that would be.
Every time I climb the stairs to my apartment that's the imagery in my head. I notice how much easier it is to climb the stairs without all that butter. Then, I think about how wonderful it will feel when I can just walk up the stairs, instead of having to climb up them.
Yesterday was a milestone. For the first time in many years, I went for a hike in the woods on a rough, rocky trail, up and down hills, crossing a stream on wet, slippery rocks. I could do this in part because of the weight loss and in part because my arthritis isn't nearly the issue it was not so long ago. I had a knee replacement almost four years ago. That was the turning point. I wasn't going to go through all that pain and still not be able to do things because of my weight.
I'm not going to tell anyone it's been easy. Changing lifestyles is a constant struggle. I've had my ups and downs. I lost weight, gained some back, lost it again and then some. That's where I am now -- losing. And working on getting more exercise, drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, keeping unhealthy foods out of the house, learning to eat out without pigging out.
And of course, I'm not there yet. I'm about 1/3 of the way to my goal of losing 122 pounds. Instead of focusing on how far I have to go, I'm trying to stay focused on how far I've come. I've lost two clothes sizes. I can go up and down stairs with relative ease. I can get out of chairs without pushing myself off. I can put on a pair of socks. I can buckle up an airline seatbelt. I fit in an airline seat without spilling over onto the person next to me. My office chair is no longer snug. I no longer crave sweets or snack food. It's the little things that keep me going.
And the image of all those pounds of butter. Healthy life style -- watch out -- I'm on my way!